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Rome: Half-Day Angels and Demons Semi-Private Tour

1. Rome: Half-Day Angels and Demons Semi-Private Tour

Explore Rome following the trail of Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's best-selling novel, Angels and Demons. The 3.5-hour tour begins at Pantheon, where Robert Langdon, the protagonist of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, arrives having misunderstood a clue. His intended destination was the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, and that is the tour's second stop. The church is noted for the Chigi Chapel, where Langdon found the first dead cardinal, branded with the word earth on his chest. Your next stop will be St. Peter's Basilica, the center of Christianity. In the middle of St. Peter’s Square you’ll find an obelisk surrounded by a wind compass rose. On the west ponente oval tile the protagonist found another dead cardinal, branded with the word air. After this, Langdon enters the Vatican’s secret archives to look for information about the Illuminati. From the Vatican you’ll head to the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, where you’ll see Bernini's sculpture, Estasi di Santa Teresa. It was here that Langdon found the third dead cardinal, who was branded with the word fire. Your guide will take you through the most important places in the ancient city center, including Repubblica Square, and Navona Square, where you’ll see Bernini's stunning Fountain of the 4 Rivers and the obelisk. According to the book, Langdon finds the last dead cardinal here, branded with the word water. From Navona Square you’ll head to the last stop, Castel Sant’Angelo, a gathering place of the Illuminati, and hear about the passetto, a hidden passage that leads to Vatican City. This shortcut was used by past popes as a way to escape, and in the book it is used as a hideout for the assassin.

Rome: Twilight Scenes of Volterra Tour

2. Rome: Twilight Scenes of Volterra Tour

A guided tour of Volterra will take you on a discovery not only of its artistic and historical beauties, but also its most mysterious aspects. Your tour of Volterra begins with your entrance into the city center through the Porta all'Arco: from there you will be immediately projected into an atmosphere full of mystery that will accompany you to the narrow Vicolo Mazzoni. In a small and steep alley containing dappled sunlight, you will discover the manhole where Edward and Bella stop for a passionate kiss. This is a fundamental stop for fans of the novel and for those who want to relive its romantic atmosphere. From Vicolo Mazzoni it is possible to reach Piazza dei Priori, for centuries the city's political heart where the austere Palazzo dei Priori stands out. Among the frescoed walls with bright colors inside, other events of the novel take place, and from its windows it is possible to view the entire city, including the roofs over which the Mayer vampires fly at night. This tour of Volterra provides you with the unique opportunity to learn about the history and origins of the city, as well as the literary traces left over the last few years by the Twilight saga. Your tour will conclude as you head to Montepulciano for a tasting of the famous red wine of the same name, following which you will return to Rome.

Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Museum Small-Group Tour

3. Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Museum Small-Group Tour

Visit Rome's most-visited monument with a group tour of no more than 12 people. In the morning, learn about ancient Rome's history from a professional tour guide that will bring its walls to life. In the afternoon, visit the astoundingly beautiful Vatican City, home to some of the most famous collections of art and architecture in the world. An expert guide will take you on a journey back in time, recreating the amazing history and mysteries of the largest amphitheater ever constructed in the center of ancient Rome. Your professional guide will bring to life the fantastic art, history, and architecture housed within the walls of this beautiful city's galleries, chapels and rooms. Then, move on to the Sistine Chapel and hear Michelangelo's painted ceiling described in detail in a small semi-private experience. After this, you will be escorted into St. Peter's Basilica with priority access to explore it at your own leisure.

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4.2 / 5

based on 78 reviews

Anestis was an excellent guide through the streets and landmarks of Rome and the Vatican. Like all great tour guides, his attention to detail and intricate knowledge of the city's history, lore and legends was evident throughout. Whether you've read Angels and Demons or not, this is worthy every dollar you spend. Also good to know - this is a long walking tour, so get your walking shoes on and carry water/refreshments with you.

Anestis is an absolutely AMAZING man. I’m not just “saying it” HE IS. So informative and fun. Walked a lot and saw so many places he talks about the book and the movie. He is an absolute pleasure to be with. I even felt sad to leave him. % recommend.

Laura was our guide..From start to finish of our tour she was full of information and knowledge of the film and the city, my daughter and son loved the tour....she was very kind and helpful also ..thankyou. Pamela.Ireland

Laura was the perfect guide. She was full of useful information. She knew the scenes to match up with the sites. It was the full 4 hours and probably the most entertaining of the 4 tours we took.

An excellent way to explore Rome and learn more about Bernini in a fun way.